July 19, 2015 |
People here seem to love the Shore. But for a relative newcomer to Philadelphia, the words Jersey Shore evoke specific images: Hurricane Sandy-battered towns, absurd MTV characters, miles of standstill traffic, a failing casino town. So why do friends and colleagues continuously go down the Shore, to family summer homes, hotels, rented beach houses? What incredible activities do they find there? What is it they're seeking? It couldn't be just sand and surf, right? Jersey's beaches are probably like any other: sand getting everywhere, sun beating down, waves crashing around, and that universal smell.
July 18, 2015 |
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
July 17, 2015 |
Inside the sweltering heat of a greenhouse near the Jersey Shore, where the afternoon summer temperatures can hit 160 degrees, a bit of the Atlantic Ocean is rapidly transforming before our eyes into one of civilization's oldest treasures. "I'm literally swimming in salt," says Derrek Thomas, 43, leading us between the 2,000-gallon retention pools that line the new salt house he and his partner, chef Lucas Manteca, 38, built on Thomas' Windy Acres farm in Ocean View. "I can't get water fast enough.
July 11, 2015 |
LANCASTER - At age 40 and holding a place in the LPGA Hall of Fame, Karrie Webb doesn't need to prove anything more in an illustrious career that has seen her capture seven major championships and 41 tournament victories. However, it is days like Thursday's opening round of the U.S. Women's Open that fuel Webb's fire and tell her that anything is still possible at her age, especially when her exceptionally pure and rhythmic swing is on point. After parring her way around the more difficult back nine at Lancaster Country Club, Webb poured in four birdie putts on her second nine for a 4-under-par 66 and a tie with 24-year-old New Jersey native Marina Alex after 18 holes of the weather-delayed 70th national championship for women.
July 11, 2015 |
When the summer wind comes blowin' in from across the sea, the song of the piper man that Sinatra once sang about is likely now to be that of a raging rock cover band. At least where the Jersey Shore's music scene is concerned. The man behind a lot of these sounds is Tommy Ciccone. He not only plays in cover bands, like MoFaux, but he also books acts throughout the Shore's loudest live music points, at bars in Cape May, Margate, and Sea Isle such as Elaine's, Maynard's, The Greenhouse, Ocean Drive, The Springfield, and LaCosta.
July 10, 2015 |
WHEN IT comes to making wine in North America, New Jersey was an early adopter. Before wine trails and growers' cooperatives, William Alexander and Edward Antill set out to prove that New Jersey wine could stand up to a bottle of vin from across the pond. The year was 1758, and a wine smackdown was issued by Great Britain's Royal Society: Any colonist who could produce a red or white as good as a French vintage would win 200 pounds - the equivalent of some 32,000 pounds today, or more than $49,000.
July 7, 2015 |
Rocky took the stage at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in Cape May Court House to pick a winner in the women's World Cup soccer finals - the U.S. vs. Japan. No, not that Rocky. This Rocky is the Cape May County Park and Zoo's Siberian tiger and the top cat at the Jersey Shore. The free Cape May zoo offers vacationers a break from sea and sand, and expects to host 500,000 visitors in 2015, up from 450,000 last year. On Sunday, parents, children, and assorted strollers pressed up against newly installed, handwoven steel wire mesh - which replaces old-fashioned chain-link fencing - around Rocky's grassy habitat.
July 3, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt of Craig LaBan's online chat : Craig LaBan: I learned the very sad news this morning that my friend Ed Hitzel - the South Jersey food critic, publisher, and broadcaster - died Monday night at 64 of a heart attack while eating at one of his favorite restaurants, Joe Italiano's Maplewood Restaurant in Hammonton. Eddie, as he was known to friends and listeners of his "Table for One" radio show (on WOND-1400 AM and, more recently, WIP-610 AM), had become a true South Jersey restaurant icon, publishing a well-read magazine (Ed Hitzel's Restaurant Magazine)
July 3, 2015 |
THE PIES will be coming out hot and fast at Manco & Manco Pizza this weekend and the owners of the famous Jersey Shore eateries won't be going to trial for tax evasion after all. Charles Bangle, 55, of Somers Point, Atlantic County, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges in U.S. District court in Camden yesterday in connection to his 2010 personal tax return and for structuring financial transactions in 2011 to avoid reporting requirements....
July 3, 2015 |
VENTNOR, N.J. - Some days on the fishing pier, all you catch is a breeze, some sunburn and bloodworm guts on your pants. No matter how much you emulate the old-timers, copying their baits and mimicking their little twitches with the rod, sometimes you just haul in seaweed while "Harold the cement guy," "Father Frank" and "Kenny the cop" are killing kingfish left and right. That's why they call it "fishing, not catching," one saying goes. If that one doesn't make a flustered fisherman feel better, the regulars and ringers who can't seem to miss a fish will tell you "a day out fishing always beats a day at work" and that's hard to argue against - unless you're Lou Kanter.